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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (29 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844542882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844542888
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps best known for penning the multi-award winning feature Green Street, Dougie Brimson began his writing career began in 1996 when, after 18 years service with the Royal Air Force, he co-authored the best-selling non-fiction work, Everywhere We Go. A book that remains essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of English football.

A further 14 books have followed including the crime thriller, The Crew which has topped the Amazon sports book download charts for almost three years, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which, after a successful electronic release, is now available in print.

In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:
Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

May 2014 saw the release of his second feature, an adaptation of his own novel Top Dog. Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays, Eastenders) the film took the Best Feature award at the British Independent Film Festival as well as the Best Actor (Leo Gregory), Best Supporting Actor (Ricci Harnett) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Stanley) awards.

A third feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way starring Ian Ogilvy, James Cosmo, Steven Berkhoff and Danni Dyer, was released to critical acclaim in December 2014.

Current projects in development include the third book in the Billy Evans trilogy (The Crew/Top Dog) and three movie features including an adaptation of Wings of a Sparrow.

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About the Author

Dougie Brimson is the bestselling author of a number of football books. He is close to many of his subjects and is able to write with unparalleled insight into the realms of protest, hooliganism and fans' involvement in the football world on and off the pitch. His previous works include Derby Days: Local Football Rivalries and Feuds, The Crew, Top Dog, Barmy Army: The Changing Face of Football Hooliganism and The Geezer's Guide to Football.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve K. on 23 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Rebellion is a new football from the pen of author Dougie Brimson. That name might mean a lot to quite a few of you - Brimson, a Watford supporter has penned many a book about football hooliganism in his time including Eurotrashed, The Crew and Top Dog.

However, before all you Burberry haters switch off, "Rebellion" is unlike all of these hooli-fiction works - in fact the majority of the book is written by other authors. Ten writers to be precise, each given an opportunity to tell the tale of their club, from the inside.

As the title suggests, the ten chapters focus on famous supporter protests at ten clubs. These include Brighton's epic struggle over their stadium, Wimbledon's battle against franchising, Maxwell's attempts to merge Oxford and Reading and Manchester United's fight against Glazer to name but four.

Smuggled into all that lot comes a chapter entitled "AFC Bournemouth - Community Club....or con?" written by our very own David Whitehead who has put together several AFCB books in the past - "Memories of Dean Court" and "Didn't we have a lovely day the day we went to Cardiff".

Now you may say 'but we haven't really protested that much in recent times' and that could be the big point that Whitehead is making in his chapter. After giving a factual account of the past sorry nine years, Whitehead asks "where are the protests? Where is the wave of anger at this sorry debacle".

If the Cherries chapter does anything, it at least puts to bed the sugarcoated version of the 1997 takeover that you gleam from Trevor Watkin's book "Cherries in the Red". At the heart of Whitehead's writing is the basic premise that we're only a community club "when they want another bucketful of free money from us." In reality, the name was a sham.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happy Hammer on 11 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that whilst a fan of Dougie Brimson's work, I approached this book slightly apprehensively. After all, this isn't his usual subject matter! However, it quickly became apparent that this is not simply an excellent read, but a very important one for it examines a different aspect of football culture, fan power.

Rebellion contains 10 in-depth examinations of the most high profile examples of fans fighting back againt both their clubs and authority with each one written by someone who was actively involved. They make for compelling reading not least because even though you know what happens in each instance, you cannot help but but find yourself rooting for the little guy! The chapter on the anti-bond scheme campaign at West Ham is superb and there are also some excellent colour pictures.

Yet another Brimson book which should be on the desk's of the morons at Soho Square, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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